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3 dream fights that never happened

In this list we count down the 3 most notorious fights that have been talked about and debated for years, but never quite came to fruition.
3 Dream fights that never happened

3 Dream fights that never happened

MMA, unlike boxing has been consistent over the years in delivering the fights the fans demand.

The world’s biggest promotion “the Ultimate fighting Championship” has benefited from the fact it is run by one president and one match maker. This set up allows them to put on the biggest and best fights, without interference from fighters agents and promoters, a problem that has plagued boxing’s long history, particularly over the last 20 years.

Even when the Japanese super promotion “PRIDE FC” was sharing the spoils alongside the UFC, it didn’t stop the fans getting the match ups they wanted as both promotions came together to host a tournament where the best from each organisation competed against one another.

Unfortunately for one reason or another, whether it be bad timing, injuries or personal disputes, some fights just never come together. Sometimes the stars don’t align and the fans miss out on some of the biggest matchups in MMA history.

In this list we count down the 3 most notorious fights that have been talked about and debated for years, but never quite came to fruition.

3) Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones

By the time Jon “Bones” Jones made his UFC debut at UFC 87, Anderson “The Spider” Silva was already a 4 time defending middleweight champion, well on his way to securing his place as one of the greatest of all time.

Jon was catching up though, and after becoming the youngest champion in history the comparisons to Silva were coming thick and fast. After defending his belt for a 5th time, against none other than Vitor Belfort, a man Anderson had also beat, the speculation of the 2 meeting in a super fight seemed like a real possibility.

Although “Bones” was a weight class above the “Spider”, Silva had fought at that weight twice and destroyed both opponents in the process. It would have been a matchup of legend vs legend killer. Unfortunately, Anderson declared the pair friends and said he had no interest in fighting Jon.

Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones

Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones

Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones

Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones

Next: Fedor Emelianenko vs Randy Couture

2) Fedor Emelianenko vs Randy Couture

Fedor Emelianenko is widely considered as the greatest heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts history, and of the greatest ever regardless of weight class. For 10 year Fedor dominated everyone who was put in front of him in the Japanese super promotion “PRIDE” fighting championship.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world in the USA, Randy Couture was on a slightly different path. After winning both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles in the UFC, Randy started to trade wins and losses. Then later in 2007, after a long hiatus from the sport, Randy returned to defeat the much larger Tim Sylvia to retain his Heavyweight crown.

This is when the fans really started to call for the fight. Randy was the heavyweight champion, and Fedor was floating between organisations beating anyone and everyone put in front of him. The 2 seemed destined to meet, as two of the biggest and most beloved stars in the sport, the iconic match would have gone down in history.

Unfortunately, negotiations between Fedor’s management and the UFC top brass crumbled on several occasions, and with both men reaching the end of their respective careers, the likelihood of this dream matchup fizzled out.

Fedor Emelianenko vs Randy Couture

Fedor Emelianenko vs Randy Couture

Fedor Emelianenko vs Randy Couture

Fedor Emelianenko vs Randy Couture

Next: Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre

1) Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre

When you hear the words “Super fight” in MMA, one fight sticks out over the rest and it’s not even close. GSP and Anderson Silva. The 2 most dominant champions in UFC history, 2 men that owned their weight classes for years alongside one another.

Once both men became established as true greats of the MMA world, the calls for the pair to meet inside the octagon came screaming from every angle. It was seen as the perfect fight. A clash of styles, the wrestler against the striker. 2 Superstars, 2 dominant champions, the 2 greatest fighters on the planet.

It was a match up that had fight fans drooling, it was a fight that would of broken records and would of finally established who the greatest MMA fighter in the world was at that time.

Speculation and rumours of the fight went on for years, at times it seemed almost a done deal, other times it seemed not even close. Ultimately, for reasons unknown, the 2 men never did meet inside the octagon. It was a travesty for the fans and one that will always leave a bitter taste in our mouths. A chance to see 2 dominant champions in their prime fight for bragging rights does not come along often, and unfortunately for us, it will always be remembered as a “what if?”

Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre

Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre

Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre

Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre

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